Public Statement by Martin Dillon & Gordon Thomas
'The Assassination of Robert Maxwell: Israel's Super Spy'
(Robson Books UK)
Two best-selling authors have bitterly accused their American publisher
of "sabotaging" their book on Robert Maxwell he is to publish.
The book, supported by FBI documents, and files from intelligence
agencies across the globe, details the tycoon's until now unsuspected
links to organised crime families in the Balkans - and how Maxwell
penetrated America's nuclear arsenal at Los Alamos on behalf of Mossad.
The book reveals the tycoon worked for the Israeli intelligence.
But unknown to the authors, their US publisher, Carroll-Graf, secretly
delivered an uncorrected proof copy of their manuscript weeks ago to
Maxwell's daughter, Isabel.
She admits she took the book to Israel and consulted with, among others,
"a family friend" David Kimche, a former deputy director of Mossad.
Last week, in the Jewish Chronicle, Isabel Maxwell launched a ferocious
attack on authors Gordon Thomas and Martin Dillon over "The
Assassination of Robert Maxwell: Israel's Super Spy" (Robson Books UK).
She accused them of not even getting the names of her siblings
correctly-spelled (common in uncorrected manuscripts). But in the
finished book, published last week, they are spelled correctly.
And the authors have been told by their UK publisher, Jeremy Robson,
that the American publisher, Carroll & Graf of the Avalon Publishing
House to whom he sold the book - and who had agreed to maintain the
contents confidentiality - had leaked the book to Isabel Maxwell
"because she was a family friend of the publisher".
Herman Graf, head of Carroll-Graf, refuses to explain to the authors how
the book was sent to Isabel Maxwell. Further, he has delayed
publication until December 16. And he has refused to promote the book.
"Everyone in the trade knows this is the worst week to launch a book of
this nature. It will be lost. And the US publisher won't even confirm
what his print run is or whether he is taking even a small ad in the
trade press. In 50 years of being a published author I have never
encountered such a situation," said Gordon Thomas.
In what the authors see as a conspiracy of silence, they have also
enjoined the august Jewish Chronicle. The voice of Jewry in Britain has
refused to publish in full their detailed retraction of Isabel Maxwell's
"Initially the paper offered us space for only a letter. They said they
would publish a letter 'twice the size of one (from me) they had
previously published'. We asked for the same space as they gave Isabel
Maxwell. We have heard no more," concludes Thomas.
But now that other bastion of Jewish opinion, the Jewish Telegraph has
come to their aid. The Manchester-based weekly has agreed to publish
their article in full. It includes intriguing details about Isabel's own
relationship toward Martin Dillon.
Using a succession of emails and contemporaneous notes, Martin Dillon, a
former BBC Timewatch producer and an acknowledged expert on the murky
world of Eastern European crime, reveals how Isabel, and her mother,
colloborated with him despite her subsequent public denials.
"She phoned me constantly - even late at night. She even wanted a photo
of me. She asked me to meet her in Washington and London and she
revealed intimate family secrets," confirms Dillon, who now lives in New
In the rebuttal that the Jewish Chronicle refused to publish in full,
Thomas, 69, and Dillon, 53, hint that they may now publish all their
email correspondence with Isabel and Betty Maxwell.
What they have already written of Isabel Maxwell's revelations about her
siblings has also come from their mother, Betty Maxwell.
"We have been told that some senior members of the family have met with a
member of the editorial staff of the Jewish Chronicle. The paper is
understandably concerned that Isabel's attack was based on an
uncorrected version of the book," said Gordon Thomas, at his home
Mirrored from Tim Hayes, published on March 8. 2019